Lake Hefner--Lakeshore Park/Prairie Dog Point

Lake Hefner--Lakeshore Park/Prairie Dog Point

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73162

About this Location

Of special interest to birders is Prairie Dog Point, located at the southwest corner of the lake (see map below). Birders from across Oklahoma visit this location during spring and fall migration, as well as during the winter months when sightings of rare birds are often reported. Recent sightings at Prairie Dog Point include Whimbrel, Piping Plover, Long-billed Curlew, Dunlin, Sanderling, Ruddy Turnstone, Short-billed Dowitchers, White-faced Ibis, Snowy Plover, and Western Sandpiper. California Gull, Least Tern, Common Tern, and Lesser Black-backed Gull were also sighted.

About Lake Hefner

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Lake Hefner is an impoundment located in northwest Oklahoma City. It was built in 1947 and serves as one of Oklahoma City’s water reservoirs. The lake receives water through a canal on the southwest side that brings water from the North Canadian River at the northeast margin of Lake Overholser.

Lake Hefner covers 2,500 acres with an average depth of 29 feet. A bicycle ride or walk around the lake is a distance of about 11 miles. The 3-mile dam is located along the north side of the lake, somewhat parallel to Hefner Road, between Hefner Parkway and MacArthur with one-way, east-bound car traffic and a walking/bicycling lane. The deepest water (94′) is along the dam. The dam, most of the west side and all of the east side of Lake Hefner are a rock revetment. The most consistent mud flats are located along the southwest corner.

Content from OKC Audubon

Last updated November 8, 2023